Saltwater Grill

4.6
1697 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Saltwater Grill is located just steps away from The Grand 1894 Opera House. Featuring an array of tantalizing fresh-from-the-grill and fresh-from-the-kettle seafood specialties, Saltwater Grill is in a class of its own when it comes to quality and attention to detail.

Saltwater Grill was just named Galveston's 2016 Restaurant of the Year. Thanks to everyone who voted!
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JanieM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience1

We have been to Saltwater Grill many times, but not at all since Covid-19 pandemic started. We were looking forward to eating there during Galveston Restaurant Week this year, to patronize our local restaurants and to help with local charities. Saltwater Grill has always had excellent service and food, although the ambiance is not the greatest, and it is always too loud to carry on a table conversation. So, we chose to go on a week night, with friends, hoping a smaller crowd would cut down on the noise. Unfortunately, we had a waiter, who was extremely loud, crass, and did not wear his mask properly. The food was up to par, but the dessert was not one they even regularly have on their menu; a bread pudding, which is standard fare in many of the restaurants during Galveston Restaurant Week. Since we don't go out to eat very often any more, this was very disappointing.

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Mardi
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. A very well run establishment

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peggyk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic redfish

David our waiter was very honest and assisted on our decision on what to order
Everything was very good and next trip to Galveston our stop will be at saltwater grill

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BK123
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.

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vipCek1960
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our waiter was very attentive. Will come back again.

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BeckyT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tuna tower on the Island! Great service and atmosphere!

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vipKayB
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, as always! We had the Tuna tower and Lobster rolls to start. Highly recommend the Cioppino for a cold winter's dinner … yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and location. We have been before and will return. If I change anything it would be decrease the noise level. It’s certainly not a quiet and romantic evening.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing evening and meal. Our Server was simply outstanding and provided great guidance. The food (fondue appetizer and Chef's lobster trio) was delicious, wine was stellar and the vibe was upbeat and felt like a Saturday night date but still casual coastal. Cannot wait to go back!

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vipAmateurFoodCritic
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saltwater Grill has become one of our favorite restaurants. The service, food, location and atmosphere are the best. Never disappoints. We often take friends and they're always pleased and impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are frequent guests. The Tuna Tower Tartare is phenomenal, must have appetizer. Shrimp and Grits were great on a cold night.

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Tzany
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, first and foremost. Benjamin was our waiter and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. The food was excellent. The only thing I could complain about (which could be just me, more likely) is that it could have used some spice and I like my food piping hot, like boiling. Most people don't require that, so I don't usually complain about that. I'll definitely return because the service, ambiance and food was amazing.

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Walter
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great service. Very attentive.
“Okay” interior but far from special or classy. Dress code is not enforced - seemingly at all (sadly).
Food was “ pretty good “ - lots of inexpensive fillers with minimal amount of the real course - but blended well.
Not a great value because of the lack of ambiance and obvious efforts to keep the cost per serving low despite being far from a “cheap” restaurant.

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Jessica
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Overpriced food and poor quality food. I wouldn't go there again.

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vipALH2053
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. They were too fast with the main course. My wife was still having her salad when the entries came out. No need to rush.

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vipJkalafut1
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience that includes great food and beverages along with great service.

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vipGretchenW
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saltwater never disappoints. Atmosphere, welcoming staff, AND of course the food and cocktails! It’s become our go-to dining experience when in Galveston

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CindyVE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Busy, loud space. Friendly, but sloppy. Weird decor. Excellent fish. Terrible cocktail menu. So-so wines. It's a pricey, but casual date place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Recommend it highly.

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CynthiaAzzam
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great service, good food, good location. Atmosphere... well it could use a little updating.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the food to wait staff

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vipTCA5
Houston
77 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding dinner! Food was attractive and delicious, service was excellent — professional, personable, and fun (thank you, David!). We enjoyed a variety of items from the menu and found all of them to be tasty. Given the restaurant's very casual look and feel, the quality of the food might initially surprise you, but it is legit. Not "cheap thrills," but absolutely worth it. Definitely on our list for our next visit to Galveston.

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DennisR
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is not nearly as good as it used to be, my old fashion was not made well or correctly. Bouillabaisse was not that flavorful

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vipRachelR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Birthday
The steak was a bit over cooked
The house re made it perfectly rare
The mashed potatoes were dry
The fingerling potatoes were not cooked properly
The asparagus ruined by the breading. I would suggest no breading add the crab to a luxurious sauce
The crab cake had so much bread and a gross sauce. More focus on the crab. A smaller portion is ok.quality over quantity

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vipJaya
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Last night dinner was disappointing. We have dined at Saltwater many times tending to order something that we have enjoyed previously. I ordered the Seared Shrimp and Jumbo Scallops, sadly the shrimp were too salty to enjoy. My husband had the Almond Crusted Salmon and it seemed that the salmon was soft and overcooked. This is such a great place to eat prior to an Opera House performance. The service was great but the food was not what we have previously experienced.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We ordered Crab Cakes and Gumbo. Both were a disappointment and we chose not to finish either dish. But the service was excellent, and we were allowed to pick a great table and enjoyed our time at the restaurant, aside from the sub-standard food.

The crab cakes were under-cooked, and the gumbo broth has a bad taste, as did an oyster in my wife’s bowl.

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JoanC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, excellent service but the noise level makes it very difficult to converse with the people sitting next to you at your table.
Management is attentive and checks on how guests are being served.
Interesting menu with local fish available. Excellent chowder, very creamy.

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SYPLJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant never fails to impress. We frequent the 1894 Opera House theater and Saltwater Grill is always our first choice for dining when we attend. There are other very nice restaurants to select and we've pretty much tried them all; but Saltwater Grill is number one for every reason to have date night!

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KentK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My girlfriend became ill after eating her Chilean sea bass meal.

Red snapper was not on par with the sell price.

Bar selection was inadequate

Server did an excellent job

Ok restaurant but overpriced.

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PaulW
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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ScottK
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visit Galveston for our anniversary every year and this restaurant is our favorite. The food is excellent, the staff friendly, and the service is great. A lot of restaurants have good food but it's the atmosphere and experience that separate Saltwater Grill from others.

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vipLindaC
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was about the only good part of this meal. The food was so-so at best. Appetizer was cold when it came out. Main plates were ok but nothing special, just passable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and the food was yummy. Great evening meal.

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vipMimi
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was not impressive. It was over priced and small portions. The steak was mediocre. Will not return.

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SheilaW
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice place to eat and the food was great. The staff was very efficient and friendly.

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DebbieY
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Saltwater grill for a holiday dinner before going to the theater across the street. Service was fantastic, the food was outstanding, and the ambiance was festive and welcoming. It was expensive but well worth it--we will definitely be back!

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Gabriel
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience we will certainly return! A must try dinner adventure

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KentS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal as always. Highly recommend this place.

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vipDanny
Central Texas
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

David was great. Food was very good. Recommend and will go back.

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vipterriC
Dallas
62 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent as was the service. They have great happy hour deals from 4-7.

FAQs

Saltwater Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-3474.

Saltwater Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 1697 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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